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Charli Collier #1 Pick WNBA, Washington Football Team May Change Name, NFL Partnering With Sports Betting

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The Dallas Wings selected the 6’5″ University of Texas star, Charli Collier, with the #1 pick in the WNBA Draft on Thursday.

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The Washington Football Team may ultimately change their name after next season, but they want the season ticket holders to be part of the process. The team sent lists of different names to season-ticket holders asking them to vote. For the full list of possible names, click here.

The NFL announced it will be partnering with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings, and FanDuel marking the league’s gradual acceptance of sports betting. The five-year deal is worth just under $1 billion dollars.

 

 

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Gronk Says Edelman Will Join Bucs, Gillette Stadium Full Capacity, NFL Requires Vaccine, NCAA Set To Approve Transfer Rule

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Rob Gronkowski is floating a rumor that his newly retired former New England Patriots’ teammate Julian Edelman will “unretire” to join him and Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. He’s randomly said there is a “69% chance” he’ll come out of retirement.

Speaking of the Patriots, President Jonathan Kraft is hoping to get Gillette Stadium to full capacity when the season begins in September.

The NFL sent a memo to the League stating that “any team employee who refuses a COVID-19 vaccination without ‘bona fide medical or religious ground’ will be barred from working directly with players.”

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The NCAA is expected to approve a rule allowing athletes to transfer schools one-time without having to sit out a season. Previously, athletes were forced to lose a year of eligibility if they switched schools.

 

 

 

 

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Curry Warriors’ All-Time Scoring Leader, Edelman Retires From Patriots, NCAA Backs Transgender Athletes

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Stephen Curry had a big night on Monday when he became the Golden State Warriors’ all-time scoring leader. After posting 53 points (and marking the 18th time he’s made 10 or more 3-pointers in a game),  Curry broke the record held by Wilt Chamberlain (who recorded 17,783 points in his career).

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Julian Edelman retired after a 12-year career in New England. Edelman was a seventh-round draft pick in 2009 and transformed from playing quarterback in college to one of the great wide receivers in Patriots history. He has three Super Bowl championships and won the MVP in Super Bowl LIII (one of only seven wide receivers to win MVP in a Super Bowl).

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The NCAA Board of Governors issued a statement backing transgender athletes, saying “it won’t hold championship events in locations that aren’t ‘free of discrimination”.

 

 

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Masters Begins, Woods Recovering, Durant Doesn’t Disappoint, Watson Loses Nike/Beats, Rodgers Wants To Host Jeopardy Full-Time

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The 2021 Masters begins today with the best golfers in the world vying for the coveted Green Jacket.

Absent from the tournament is Tiger Woods who is still recovering from a horrific car crash in February. It’s been reported he was driving at 85 mph in a 45 mph zone.

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Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant did not disappoint in his return Wednesday night, after a 23-game absence, against the New Orleans Pelicans. He scored 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the field in a 139-111 win.

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Nike and Apple’s Beats by Dre suspended their endorsement deals with Houston Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson due to a growing number of sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Aaron Rodgers had so much fun taping his segments as the guest host of Jeopardy he is lobbying to make it a full-time gig and believes he’ll have no trouble both hosting and playing football. Rodgers said, “I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”  

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Baylor NCAA Champion, Jets Trade Darnold, Aaron Rodgers Debut As Guest Host On “Jeopardy”

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Baylor is the new Men’s College National Champion after beating Gonzaga pretty handily and spoiling their hopes of a perfect season. Baylor 86, Gonzaga 70.

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To no one’s surprise, the NY Jets traded their quarterback (and former first-round pick), Sam Darnold, to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth-round pick this year and a second and fourth-round next year. After it was announced that the Jets had the #2 overall pick in the 2021 draft, rumors swirled that the team would trade Darnold, as they are prepared to select BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.

Speaking of quarterbacks, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers began a two-week stint as the celebrity guest host on “Jeopardy”. In 2015, Rodgers won “Celebrity Jeopardy” and afterward mentioned he wanted to honor the memory of the iconic Alex Trebek by hosting. From all accounts, he did a great job and said he prepared for the position by watching film, the same way he prepares for an NFL game.

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Final Four Set, UCLA’s Remarkable Run, Supremes Rule On Student Athletes, Arians Gets Tattoo

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The Final Four is set. #11 UCLA continued its remarkable run after beating #1 Michigan (51-49) and will now face #1 Gonzaga (who trounced #6 USC 85-66). Rounding out the top 4 is #2 Houston taking on #1 Baylor. UCLA will be making its 18th Final Four appearance, only trailing North Carolina which has racked up 20 Final Four appearances. For more on each team and what to expect this weekend, click here.

In the Women’s tournament, #1 South Carolina will face off against #1 Stanford, while #3 Arizona will play #1 UConn.

In other NCAA news, the Supreme Court will review an antitrust case allowing member schools to offer student-athletes education-related compensation. The NCAA is asking the court justices to overturn this ruling to “preserve the amateur nature of college sports”.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians promised the team he would get a tattoo if they won the Super Bowl (which they did beating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9). Arians proved he is a man of his word and revealed on Twitter his new tattoo.

 

 

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Elite Eight Set, 94-Year Old Studies NBA & Selects Danny Green, Dolphins Blockbuster Trade, NFL Adding 17th Game

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After a full weekend of NCAA basketball, the Elite Eight is set. #12 Oregon State and #11 UCLA continue their remarkable runs and will face #2 Houston and #1 Michigan respectively. No.3 Arkansas faces #1 Baylor and #6 USC takes on #1 Gonzaga.

In the women’s field, five of the top eight seeds continue their run. #1 UConn will battle it out vs #2 Baylor, while #4 Indiana faces #3 Arizona. Rounding out the tournament is #6 Texas vs #1 South Carolina, and #2 Louisville vs #1 Stanford.

In a feel-good moment from the weekend, a 94-year-old Grandmother spent the pandemic studying the NBA and decided her favorite player is the Philadelphia 76ers Danny Green. Danny repaid her enthusiasm by sending her a signed jersey. Watch her fantastic response on Twitter.

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The NFL Draft is fast approaching (April 29th) and teams are busy trading to maximize their options. Over the weekend, the Miami Dolphins maneuvered to gain a handful of future draft picks. Notably, they traded their #3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers (who are likely to grab an elite quarterback) for a bunch of 2021, 2022, 2023 picks. Click here for how it all went down.

In other NFL news, the league is expected to add another regular-season game (so 17 games instead of 16). They will then shorten the preseason to three games from four.

 

 

 

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NHL Fires Ref For Bogus Penalty, Anti-Semitic Audibles, Snyder Spends $1 Bill For 100% Of Team, Lowry Takes Call From Drake, Olympic Torch Lit

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The NHL announced referee Tim Peel would “no longer be working NHL games now or in the future” after he was caught on mic admitting he called an unwarranted penalty because he “wanted to get” a penalty against the Nashville Predators.

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A high school football coach in Massachusetts was fired for having his team use anti-Semitic slurs such as “rabbi”, “dreidel” and “Auschwitz” while calling audibles.

Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder will spend close to $1 billion to buy out his minority partners’ 40% stake in the team.

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The Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry took a FacetTime call from the musician Drake during his postgame interview where he spoke about his time in Toronto possibly coming to an end. Lowry has been with the Raptors since 2012, but he will now be an unrestricted free agent with several teams interested in trading for him.

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The Olympic torch was lit in Tokyo and will begin a 121-day trip across Japan arriving back in Tokyo in time for the July 23rd Opening Ceremonies.

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Sweet 16 Set (Duke, Kansas, UNC, Kentucky Not In), LeBron Ankle Injury, LaMelo Out For Season, Deshaun Investigated

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The Sweet 16 is set, and for the first time since 1985 when the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams, Duke, Kansas, UNC, and Kentucky are not in the mix. Click here for the Men’s Sweet 16 and here for the Women’s bracket.

In the NBA, LeBron James suffered an ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely. And, with this being LeBron, he sank a three-pointer before leaving the game. This particular injury normally sidelines players for an average of 10 games, but LeBron isn’t accustomed to missing games and has only missed eight or more straight games twice in his 18-year career.

In other injury news, Charlotte Hornets’ rookie LaMelo Ball fractured his wrist and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct and acting inappropriately during private massages. The NFL has opened an investigation, and the situation continues to evolve.

 

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Play In Games Exciting, Filling Out Brackets Drops Due To Legal Gambling, Bills Sign Trubisky

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The four play-in games kicking off the NCAA Tournament yesterday were filled with energy and excitement. All four games featured teams rallying from behind to take the lead in the second half, while three of the four ended up winning. UCLA, Drake (which got its first win in 50 years…exactly to the date), Norfolk State, and Texas Southern all pulled out wins and will now enter the official bracket. For more March Madness news, click here.

According to an American Gaming Association study, 36.7 million Americans will fill out an NCAA bracket this year, which is down 8% from 2019 (the tournament was canceled in 2020). Part of the rationale for the drop in participation is that more Americans will be live betting (which is now legalized in more states).

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The Buffalo Bills signed Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky to a one-year $2.5 million deal to backup Pro Bowl quarterback Josh Allen.

 

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